Francis-Bayman will add vital experience to Head Coach Tamsin Greenway’s backroom team in her new role as Assistant Coach, 同时继续在闪电队的工作.
Sara is no stranger to the Scotland side as she played alongside many of the Thistles athletes as a Strathclyde Siren player in the 2018 Vitality Netball Superleague season.
在那个赛季结束时退役, 她被任命为拉夫堡闪电队的主教练, leading the team to the semi-finals in her inaugural campaign before winning the competition last year.
An ex-England Roses athlete who has an accomplished playing career – including a season in New Zealand with Central Pulse where she made the Grand Final – Francis-Bayman brings with her a wealth of expertise and passion that Greenway is excited to bring into her Thistles programme.
“Getting the right Assistant Coach was crucial as we continue to build, 在苏格兰发展壮大,塔姆辛·格林威说.
“Sara and I both came through the high-performance programme at Bath and played together for a long time. 她很聪明, driven individual who knows how to win and more importantly knows how to get the best out of players.
“她在塞壬的季节结束后, 她理解这里的安排, 什么有效，什么需要推进. I know the players will be excited to have someone with her class on board and I can’t wait to start working with her this summer.”
Sara Francis-Bayman shares Tamsin’s vision for Scotland and is excited by her new role:
“Scotland are a rapidly improving team who have a huge amount of potential and I’m looking forward to working with Tamsin to help them to challenge at the highest level.
“I’ve known both Tamsin and Karen (Atkinson) for a long time and couldn’t miss the opportunity to work with them to take the Scottish Thistles to the next level. We’ve seen how much talent there is in Scotland through the Sirens’ performances and I hope to contribute to that potential being transferred into results.”
凯伦·阿特金森, who was recently announced as the new Performance Director for Netball Scotland, 补充道:
"It is important that we prepare the Thistles in the best way possible heading into a Commonwealth Games year and then into the Netball 世界 Cup.
“It is fantastic to be able to add a coach of Sara's calibre to Tamsin's coaching team. 萨拉是一个非常聪明的球员. She understood the game and its dynamics extremely well and she has now transferred that to becoming a title-winning coach with Loughborough Lightning.
“Her hunger to win and her drive for player development is second to none and we need that ruthless winning mentality within our Scottish Thistles squad if we are to achieve our ambitions in world competition.”
初中的苏格兰首席执行官, 克莱尔·纳尔逊, is excited by the powerhouse coaching team that she is building in Scotland, 添加:
“We know we’re a small nation with a lot of work to do to be able to truly compete with and challenge the top nations on the world stage. 但, what we have already proven through Sirens this past season is that we have the raw talent, 激情和信念会超越沙巴app的体重, 这需要世界领先的教练专业知识的支持, we are giving ourselves the best shot possible to go into world competition and achieve our targets.”
“The introduction of Sara to our national programme is incredible. When I think about the coaching team that we now have here in Scotland I have to pinch myself, but we are under no illusions about the scale of task ahead of us. However, we are all so ready to take on this challenge together as one connected, empowered team. 注意这个地方，因为沙巴app是认真的.”
Greenway and Francis-Bayman will both be in action together for the first time next week as Scotland host Wales and Northern Ireland in a weekend of friendly matches.